REACH (New Legislative Framework on Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals Substances) is a new European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use. The new law entered into force on 1 June 2007.
The new regulation doesn't only focus on opening markets for local Egyptian producers in the European market but it also serves as a market based instrument in promoting cleaner production and sound environmental performance, the Regulation also insures the assessment of the physicochemical hazards for human health and the Environment for each chemical to be registered .
According to REACH requirements, the Egyptian companies which are exporting to the EU countries are obliged to comply with these new requirements. Subsequently, the Egyptian companies are obliged to pre-register their chemicals by the first of December 2008 otherwise they will not be able to further export their chemicals for the EU market.
The ENCPC was involved in formulation of the national steering committee on REACH which has representatives from different competent authorities (e.g. Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Environment, Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI), Chemical & Fertilizer Council). The mandate of the National Steering Committee on REACH is to provide assistance to the Egyptian companies in the process of complying with the requirements of REACH for pre-registration and registration of their chemical substances.
In this context, the ENCPC has provided the pre-registration services to 67 Egyptian companies in close cooperation with a selected Only Representative (OR). BiPRO is the contracted OR for ENCPC where both are currently assisting more than 26 Egyptian Companies in the full registration stage for 2010 according to REACH requirements.
The Egyptian Government completed its National Implementation Plan (NIP) in mid 2005 and submitted the finalized document to the Stockholm Convention on March 16, 2006. The country's priorities in terms of POPs, as outlined in the NIP, include actions plans to address unintentional releases of dioxin and furans, management and environmentally sound disposal of PCBs and Pesticide wastes, institutional and regulatory strengthening measures, and awareness building and stakeholder involvement activities.
The Egypt National Cleaner Production Centre and the C.S.D (Swiss consulting firm) were awarded a tender to update the existing data of PCB's (Poly Chlorinated Biphenyls) and Obsolete Pesticides (including pesticides listed in Stockholm convention) in addition to prepare a co-financing strategy for management of PCBs and obsolete pesticides in Egypt.
The Project is implemented by the Ministry of Trade and Industry and Egypt National Cleaner Production Centre (Leading) in Close cooperation with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) (Supporting partner) and SAICM (Strategic Approach for International Chemicals Management / Quick Start Program (QSP) Trust Fund - United Nations Environment Programme (Supporting partner). In addition to local partners as follows: cooperation and coordination with the following local stakeholders (Sub-contractors):
Objective of Project:
The project will contribute to assist the Egyptian government to cope with the international agreements related to chemicals management (e.g. SAICM, Rotterdam, Basel and Stockholm conventions) and implement the Egyptian national plan on chemicals management. In this context, the project is aiming at preparing an inventory for what types and quantities of chemicals and chemicals waste in Egypt with special focus on 6th October and Sadat City as a scope for the project and also identifying options for their sustainable management and best available technologies for reuse, recycling or recovery of chemicals waste.
The ENCPC is providing technical assistance for the Egyptian companies on energy efficiency and industrial application of renewable energy.
An energy efficiency audit was prepared by the ENCPC for GBG Company after a site visit, to investigate the potential opportunities for energy saving and conservation. After conducting the electrical loads of the machinery survey in the presented report to the management, a representation of energy consumption was in place. Then a comparison between the costs of electricity, diesel fuel, and the natural gas as the three main power sources used in the production.
Project Aim (Fuel Switching):
Slag is a substance that is produced from the iron and steel furnaces as a molten mixture of limestone and the earthy components of iron ore and coke, which have separated from the molten iron and steel in the furnace and represents about 8% from the total steel production. Once scorned as a useless by-product, it is now accepted and, often, preferred and specified as it is known to be a valuable material with many and variable applications
The Egyptian Ferroalloys Co. is considered to be the largest industrial integration center for the production of Ferro-Silicon alloy in the Middle East, produces, promotes, distributes, and exports the Ferro-Silicon alloy 75% in the international and domestic markets from Egypt.